Combos! Combos Everywhere!

Saturday night’s results didn’t lead to another attempt at a {3-2-1} Pattern streak in Lotto Texas nor an encore of Powerball’s {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern. Instead, we saw results that were nothing like we’ve covered on our blog so far. Lotto Texas was quite a doozy and Powerball had some interesting plays as well. Grab some popcorn and a bottle of your favorite spirits because we have quite the recap!

Lotto Texas

The July 23rd, 2016 drawing gave us the winning numbers of 8, 12, 19, 25, 26, and 30.

Winning Lotto Texas numbers. From lotterytrend.com

These numbers were the 147th appearance of the {4-2} Pattern, and with there being 1362 Lotto Texas drawings, the {4-2} Pattern has played 10.8% of the time. In fact, the {4-2} Pattern played exactly one week ago on July 16th, 2016.

We saw the 2 4 0 Specific Order play for the 24th time. The 2 4 0 Specific Order has played 16.3% of the time given the 147 times that the {4-2} Pattern appeared. This shrinks to 1.76% of the time if we consider all 1362 Lotto Texas drawings.

What makes Saturday night’s drawing different from all the other Lotto Texas drawings we’ve covered so far is that we saw a similar spread appear for the third time! A spread is the difference between adjacent numbers. A similar spread occurs when the differences between numbers in separate drawings are the same, but the order is different. Here’s what we mean:

On April 12th, 2003, the winning numbers for Lotto Texas were 9, 16, 22, 26, 27, and 31. The spread that appeared that evening was 07:06:04:01:04. The July 23rd, 2016 winning numbers’ spread was 04:07:06:01:04.

The winning numbers for the March 12th, 2014 Lotto Texas drawing were 24, 31, 37, 41, 45, and 46 and their spread was 07:06:04:04:01. Again, we see that the July 23rd spread is similar to the March 12th, 2014 spread.

If we take a closer look at each of the three spreads (April 12th, 2003, March 12th, 2014, and July 23rd, 2016), we can see that they are all similar.

By contrast, an exact spread occurs when the difference between adjacent numbers and their orders are the same. For more information on similar spreads and exact spreads, check out our Texas Lottery Trend site.

The three-time appearance of a similar spread was just a warm-up. We saw a Five-Number Combination make its second appearance in the form of 8, 19, 25, 26, and 30, which first played back on January 8th, 2014.

The Five-Number Combination is highlighted in the red box. From lotterytrend.com
The Five-Number Combination is highlighted in the red box. From lotterytrend.com

Given the appearance of a Five-Number Combination, that automatically leads to the repeat appearance of at least five Four-Number Combinations. In fact, we saw six Four-Number Combinations play for a second time!

  • 19, 25, 26, 30
  • 8, 25, 26, 30
  • 8, 19, 25, 30
  • 8, 19, 26, 30
  • 8, 19, 25, 26
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Six Four-Number Combinations played July 23rd, 2016. From lotterytrend.com

All of these Four-Number Combinations played for the first time on January 8th, 2014! There was one other Four-Number Combination in the form of 12, 25, 26, and 30 that played for the first time on July 6th, 2013.

Of course, we’re not even going to mention how 8, 25, 26, and 30 also played in the July 22nd, 2016 Mega Millions drawing…

Powerball

Powerball’s winning numbers from the July 23rd, 2016 drawing were 5, 7, 23, 35, 39, and PB 11.

Winning numbers from lotterytrend-powerball.com
Winning numbers from lotterytrend-powerball.com

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern has now played in 28 out of 84 Powerball drawings, or 33.3% of the time. Prior to Saturday’s drawing, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern played July 2nd, 2016.

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern followed the [2-1-2-1] General Order. With a seventh appearance, the [2-1-2-1] has appeared in 25% of the drawings in which the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has played. Considering all 84 Powerball drawings to date, the [2-1-2-1] General Order has played 8.33% of the time. This General Order previously played on April 30th, 2016.

The [2-1-2-1] General Order gave way to the 2 1 2 0 0 1 Specific Order. The 2 1 2 0 0 1 Specific Order has now played 3 out of 7 times in which the [2-1-2-1] General Order has played, or 42.9%. Taking the 28 drawings in which {2-2-1-1} has played, the 2 1 2 0 0 1 Specific Order has played 10.7% of the time. Finally, taking all 84 Powerball drawings into account, the 2 1 2 0 0 1 Specific Order has played 3.57% of the time. Like the [2-1-2-1] General Order, the 2 1 2 0 0 1 Specific Order previously played on April 30th, 2016.

We conclude our Powerball coverage with Three-Number Combinations. We saw two Combinations play for the second time:

  • 5, 7, 23 which first played on May 21st, 2016.
  • 23, 39, and MB 11 which first played on May 18th, 2016.
Two Three-Number Combinations played Saturday. From lotterytrend-powerball.com
Two Three-Number Combinations played Saturday. From lotterytrend-powerball.com

Will July end with a fireworks show?

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